File:The O Club on Diego Garcia.jpg|thumb|This 1982 photo shows an unpaved road made of crushed coral common throughout the island and the officers' dining area at the Diego Garcia Naval Support Facility.
'''Diego Garcia''' is an atoll
located south of the equator
in the central Indian Ocean
. Diego Garcia is the largest of the 60 small islands
comprising the Chagos Archipelago
. Diego Garcia was settled by the French in the 1790s and was transferred to British rule after the Napoleonic Wars
. It was one of the "Dependencies" of the British Colony of Mauritius
until it was detached for inclusion in the newly created British Indian Ocean Territory
(BIOT) in 1965. Between 1968 and 1973, the population of the BIOT was removed to Mauritius and Seychelles|The Seychelles
, following which the United States built a large naval and military base on Diego Garcia, which has been in continuous operation ever since. As of...